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Journeys around Australia in the 1970s.

The '70s were a time to travel. In the wake of the Vietnamese staving off the great imperial power, America, the Australian outback was synonymous with peace and tranquillity. Aboriginal rock art had yet to be commodified by the 'white fella' and the tourist dollar or a ticket booth. Somehow we strayed upon this at Mootwingee, 130kms north-east of Broken Hill:

Aboriginal art at Mootwingee, now Mutawintji.

In December '75 we packed the new Suzuki and headed up the Darling River towards the NSW town of Menindee. It was here that explorers Burke and Wills stayed en route to Queensland, and death, during their disastrous expedition in 1860.

The benefits of football. Look at those stomach muscles!

 

Now, that's a big Red, probably around two metres, I reckon

 

The Telegraph Hotel in Pooncarie. It was nearby that the riverboat the Rodney was burnt to the water by striking unionists in 1894.

 

Horizon for as far as the eye can see

 

The ubiquitous windmill. A little oasis in a sea of heat.

 








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